My research interests fall into the following categories 1) groundwater chemistry,
2) water resources sustainability, and 3) geoscience education.  My groundwater chemistry research focuses on the use of groundwater chemistry as a tool for delineating groundwater flow paths and characterizing surface water-groundwater interactions. I apply a combination of field, laboratory, and modeling techniques to explore the relationships between factors, such as biogeochemistry, mineralogy, stratigraphy, and human activities, all of which influence groundwater chemistry.  Another avenue of my research is sustainability of water resources. I am particularly interested in water use science and developing robust tools for quantifying water use.  I also investigate human perceptions of water availability and evaluate how regulations, such as watering restrictions, influence water consumption.  Additionally I have a strong interest interest in geoscience education and experiential and inquiry-based learning.

Ongoing Projects 
Hydrologic Monitoring at Pondhawk Natural Area
   Funded by Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resource Management

Development and testing of methods for using water isotopes to quantify evaporation and transpiration in South Florida
   Funded by FAU's Graduate Research and Inquiry Program
    Student researcher:  Troy Bernier (Geosciences Ph.D. candidate)

Evaluating influences on the hydrology and water quality of an urban wetland
   Funded by FAU's Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry
    Student researchers: Jesse Greathouse and Michael Mahoney
Expanding the Student-Centered Undergraduate Research Culture Across the Curriculum
The primary goal of this project is to create a new culture based on undergraduate research and inquiry in several undergraduate degree program's upper division courses. This will be accomplished both through revision of existing courses and the creation of a new junior level course about how to conduct undergraduate research.
   Funded by FAU's Distiction Through Discovery Program
    P.I.'s: Dan Meeroff and Pete Scarlatos
    Co-P.I.'s: Madasamy Arockiasamy, Sudhagar Nagarajan, Tobin Hindle, Russ Ivy, Scott Markwith, Tara Root
Remote Education and Assessment of Critical Habitats (REACH).  This project, funded by FAU's Technology Fee Program, is aimed at bringing the field into the classroom and taking the classroom to the field.  We will be installing three remote environmental monitoring sites in different native habitats on the ecological preserve on FAU's Boca Raton campus.  Data from the monitoring program will be wirelessly transmitted to a Geographic Information System server that will be accessbile to students. 
    A collaboration between FAU's Department of Geosciences, Department of Biological Sciences, and the Environmental Sciences Program. 
Selected Publications  
Kuhn, T. and Root, T.L., 2012.  Environmental Controls on the Distribution and Vigor of an Endangered Grass (Panicum abscissum Swallen).  Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, 35:403-411.

Survis, F.D. and Root, T.L., 2012.  Evaluating the Effectiveness of Water Restrictions:  A Case Study From Southeast Florida.  Journal of Environmental Management, 112:377-383.

Root, T. and F. Survis, 2012. Human-Climate-Water Interactions in the Context of Managing Florida's Water SuppliesThe Florida Geographer, 43:4-16.

Berry, L., Bloetscher, F., Hernández Hammer, N., Koch-Rose, M., Mitsova-Boneva, D., Restrepo, J., Root, T., Teegavarapu, R., 2011: Florida Water Management and Adaptation in the Face of Climate Change: A White Paper on Climate Change and Florida's Water Resources, Florida Climate Change Task Force

Root, T., Gotkowitz, M., Bahr, J., and Attig, J., 2010. Arsenic Geochemistry and Hydrostratigraphy in Midwestern U.S. Glacial Deposits.  Ground Water 48:903-912

Lakhan, S., Root, T. and Fadiman, M., 2009.  Household Water in Northern Trinidad: Source, Collection, Storage, and Socioeconomics. The Florida Geographer, 40:48-61 

Root. T.L., 2008. Arsenic Speciation and Form in a Glacial Aquifer in the Midwestern United States. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, 31:25-33.

Root, T.L. and E. Carlson, 2007. Water Quality and Hydrology of an Environmental Preserve in Palm Beach County, Florida. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, 30:457-465.

Root, T.L., J.M. Bahr, and M.B. Gotkowitz, 2005. Controls on arsenic concentrations in groundwater near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In: Advances in Arsenic Research: Integration of Experimental and Observation Studies and Implications for Mitigation. P.A. O’Day, D. Vlassopoulos, X. Meng, and L. Benning. ACS Symposium Series, no. 915, pp. 161-174.


Root, T.L., 2014. Review of Groundwater for the 21st Century: A Primer for Citizens of Planet Earth. Groundwater, 52:647-648.

Root, T.L., 2013. Book Review: Albert C. Hine, Geology History of Florida, Major Events that Formed the Sunshine State.  The Florida Geographer 44, 54-55.

Root, T.L., 2013. Book Review: Robert Brinkmann, Florida Sinkholes, Science and Policy. The Florida Geographer 44, 56.


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